Guess who is 7 years old today? with a giveaway!

If you guessed Stacy’s Books – you win!!  Hard to believe the difference between 2008 and today.  This time in 2008 Jason and I were planning our first overseas trip to beautiful Italy and today I drove my 4-year-old to school at 7:40 am in 6 degrees wind chill temperatures.  Seven years ago I would have holed up in the house in my jammies with a good book (after I’d woken up around 9am, of course)!

My reading and blogging time is limited these days, but I still love it.  I know my blog needs a major facelift and I wish I had more time to visit my blogger friends, but I choose not to stress out over it. If the blog causes stress then it’s not fun and there have been a few periods over the years when I’ve considered stopping, but I just can’t.  I get too much out of it.  And most of what I get out of it is the friendship with you who take the time to read and comment.  I can’t believe that I’ve known some of you that long.  Kathy was my first commenter and at the time we were both just starting out.  I couldn’t ask for a better first blog friend 🙂

I chose two pictures from each year I’ve been blogging and I want you to vote for one year to use as my profile pictures.  If you vote you’ll be entered to win a $20 Barnes & Noble gift card.  Interesting how you can see how my life has changed over the years just from these pics each year.

I’ll leave voting up for the month. Open internationally.  Any comment with a #1 choice of year will be entered for $20 at Barnes & Noble.

2008This is me enjoying Florence.(Florence, Italy)100_0484(Rome, Italy)


2009ny me on met roof(New York)ki sunset(Lake Erie)


2010(San Francisco)France 094(Versailles, France)


2011(Chagrin Falls)(Northport, Michigan)


2012(Home)(Lakeview Cemetery, Cleveland)


2013IMG_1177(Gage)074(Kelleys Island, Ohio)


2014IMG_4993(Cleveland train show)IMG_5305(postcards from around the world)


Thanks for taking the time to comment 🙂



30 thoughts on “Guess who is 7 years old today? with a giveaway!

  1. Lloyd Russell says:

    Since I live in the San Francisco Bay Area, I’ll take the 2010 picture of San Francisco.
    I just hit 4 years, and I thought that was a long time. 7 is very cool. Congratulations.

  2. Literary Feline says:

    Congratulations on 7 years, Stacy! Some days I cannot believe we are still blogging. It’s been so long. I am so glad to know you.

    I love the photo from France. I’m partial to photos of paths and roads like that; I’m not sure why. I am casting my vote for the photo from 2013, however, the one of Gage behind the book. 🙂

  3. Mary says:

    Of course I love the pics with Gage and your hubby but I vote for the Florence pic – you look like a movie star! Fabulous!
    Congrats on the blogiversary!!
    P.S. you’re right about Kathy 🙂

  4. Beth Hoffman says:

    Huge congratulations on seven years of blogging. That’s quite an accomplishment! I vote for the Florence photo.

  5. Word Lily says:

    Happy blog birthday!

    I think your profile picture should have your face in it, so … I guess that means 2011, since both of those photos have you in them? I like the train one from 2014, though … but I’ll go with 2011.

  6. Teddyree says:

    7 years is wonderful .. congrats Stacy. Besides all the book stuff I’m so happy to have ‘met’ you and your lovely family and watched Gage grow through blogging. #1 choice of year – 2011 but I love the one of you in Rome in 2008 🙂

  7. Heather says:

    I’ve loved your blog since I found it! I love the 2011 Chagrin Falls pic 🙂 It’s amazing how much change happens over the years. Thanks for sharing a little bit of your life with all of us!

  8. thetruebookaddict says:

    Happy Blog Birthday! I only just discovered you a couple of years ago, but I have come to enjoy your blog (and your friendship on here and Facebook) so much! I know what you mean about the blogging. You just have to let go of the guilt (a big theme for me in this new year) and it really is such a rewarding experience. I hope we will have you with us for many years to come. 🙂

    I vote for 2011. Look at Gage’s little, round, bald head…how cute! That’s what I looked like when I was that age. 😉

  9. Kay says:

    Stacy, I’m so glad that we met all those years ago. Think it was soon after you started the blog. Love all the pics. However, if I have to pick, I’ll pick 2011. Can’t believe that Gage is 4 – who tells these kids that they can grow up? Congratulations on so many blogging years!!

  10. Gage's grandma says:

    Your blog is sensational! I love all of the pics, but my votes go to you in Florence (could be a book cover:) ) and you and baby Gage reading in Chagrin Falls. Keep on blogging.

  11. View From My Home says:

    I choose 2014, because you are all so happy and connected in that photo:)
    By the way, I am a new follower since 2014 but I enjoy your posts so much! Keep ’em coming, even if there is more downtime between them. Enjoy many more years.

  12. hamlettethedame says:

    I like 2010! I love trees and paths. And hi, I’m new here 🙂 Just followed your link from the Classics Club. Congrats on the blogiversary! Seven years is awesome — I just read somewhere that most blogs are abandoned after an average of 4 months.

    I’m looking forward to poking around on your blog and seeing if we have any bookish things in common 🙂

  13. Diane@BibliophilebytheSea says:

    Congrats Stacy. I love the variety on your blog. I love all of the pictures –but have to vote for Gage behind the book:)

  14. sandynawrot says:

    I love the San Francisco one, but I’d have to vote for the 2012 one where you are reading to Gage. To me, this blog is about Gage and reading, so I think that picture is perfect!

  15. Jennygirl says:

    7 years?! wow stacy time flies doesn’t it? oh wait it’s almost the same for me, what am I thinking? as for photos either the last one with the postcards or the one with Gage and jason in Michigan. Family photo because I know they mean the world to you.
    here’s to another fabulous 7 years.
    and no worries about the comments. It’s all good 🙂

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